Ursa Major

[ ur-suh-mey-jer ]

noun,genitive Ur·sae Ma·jor·is [ur-see muh-jawr-is, -johr-]. /ˈɜr si məˈdʒɔr ɪs, -ˈdʒoʊr-/. Astronomy.
  1. the Great Bear, the most prominent northern constellation, containing the seven stars that form the Big Dipper.

Origin of Ursa Major

1
Middle English word dating back to 1350–1400

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British Dictionary definitions for Ursa Major

Ursa Major

/ (ˈɜːsə ˈmeɪdʒə) /


nounLatin genitive Ursae Majoris (ˈɜːsiː məˈdʒɔːrɪs)
  1. an extensive conspicuous constellation in the N hemisphere, visible north of latitude 40°. The seven brightest stars form the Plough. A line through the two brightest stars points to the Pole Star lying in Ursa Minor: Also called: the Great Bear, the Bear

Origin of Ursa Major

1
Latin: greater bear

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Scientific definitions for Ursa Major

Ursa Major

[ ûr ]


  1. A constellation in the polar region of the Northern Hemisphere near Draco and Leo. Ursa Major (the Great Bear) contains the seven stars that form the Big Dipper.

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Cultural definitions for Ursa Major

Ursa Major

[ (ur-suh) ]


A constellation; the Great Bear. (See Big Dipper.)

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